My first day

I stopped smoking today. Last one at 11.15pm yesterday.

This is day 13 on Champix and I've had none of the symptoms – taste, dreams etc. Over the last couple of days I went from 20/day to 3 in the last couple of days – and I think I smoked them because "I could" rather than having to have a fag. When I got up this morning I decided to stop mucking around and either I don't smoke or I do - so far am doing ok other than feeling a bit nervous as I've smoked for 40 years and that's who I am - or was.

I had a couple of my smoking-buddies here in the office ask if I'm going for a fag and I've just said, not at the moment. Not feeling brave enough to tell them I've stopped.

Anyway, I've spent way too much time today reading this site and thought I should just say something because I want to tell someone I'm actually doing this and to my non-smoking work colleagues it'll be no big thing to most of them but, after 40 years, it is to me.


13 Replies

  • Hi Dave,

    Firstly - very well done on stopping! I know exactly how you feel about not telling people, I was the same and told very few people in my first few days. some advice says tell everyone so they can not offer you cigs and help support you but other advice (and the advice that helped me) was that telling people can place too great a burden of expectation on you to stay stopped. The hardest thing about giving up for me was the feeling that I was having my choicce to smoke taken away. that's something you have to remove yourself, not have taken from you or you'll just smoke sneakily. You aren't smoking because you chose to stop and you won't smoke because you choose not to!

    i smoked for 20 years - half the time that you have but long enough to feel like it was part of me and very deeply ingrained in all aspects of my life. I'm happy to say it's now now and I'm feeling fine :O) Hang in there when/if you feel tempted and firmly keep in mind that the mental association will pass. Your brain ahs to re-learn how to get over the smoking trigger situations, but brains are remarkable things and do this quickly.

    Well done again, good luck and let us all know how you're doing!

  • Hi Dave, and welcome. Well done on your quit, it is the right thing to do and you know that. As for telling people or not that is your choice, and you have to deal with these early days the best way you can.

    Stopping is a big deal, and everyone here will agree with that, some find it easier than others, but all will agree it is a big deal.

    Welcome to the forum, and keep posting to let us know how you are getting on.

  • Hi Dave,

    I understand also with not telling anyone. I am trying again today, I smoked my last one at 7:45 this morning threw the rest in the dumpster when I got to work, trying cold turkey.

    I wished you lots of luck and maybe we can support each other threw this, I'm tired of failing all the time!!!! I think I might call for the Chantix also, I have read lots of good quits on here. This by far is one of the best support sites to join.

    Good luck to you!


  • Hi Dave, and welcome to the forum.

    You have absolutely made the right decision to stop. And you may feel a bit nervous and that may be partly because, as you say, it is a big deal. But keep choosing not to smoke and it will become part of you so that you will wonder why you ever picked the damned things up in the first place!

    From looking around this site you will already know there is lots of people with vast experience who will give excellent support. If you haven't already done so do check out and both of which are excellent.

    Post often to let us know how you are getting on - and enjoy the feeling of not putting all those poisons in your body!


  • Strange. I haven't told my wife - I'm on day three - and bless her, she hasn't noticed. In fairness, she never noticed when I smoked (20/day, around the house) so she's probably not going to notice that I don't. She did notice that I snapped at her three times in quick succession yesterday evening, though, and asked me what was the matter? I said "nothing"... :D

  • I kept it quiet too to begin with! How strange. Did manage to advise my husband on this life changing occurrence though!! Well done for taking the plunge you all. Its blooming well very much worth it! I'd done 35 years. Its taken me a while to find out who I really am and have put on a few pounds but much less and more manageable than I thought. Best choice I ever made and this forum and those on it and the education within it made it all happen.

  • Good on you, Dave! I'm on Champix, as well, and life if grand. You are lucky not to have the side effects, but, even though I have some, it is well worth it.

    I understand why you are not advertising your quit. I have done the same. Only my closest work mate (who is a smoker) knows and it v. supportive. The others may notice more in about 1/2 an hour when we go out for drinks! We'll see if anyone notices. I don't really want them too, particularly.

    Anyway, enough about me! ;)

    Keep up the good work.


  • thanks everyone for the welcome and encouragement.

    Mic - I'm not in a position to offer advice, but so far I would recommend the Champix - a couple of friends have used it and they stopped 6 and 3 weeks ago which is why I asked my doctor for it. I got fed up of thinking about stopping and then not thinking about it.

  • this thread was really helpfull.

    Im on day 20 stopping and hubby on day 3 today, we are both using Champix.

    He does not want to talk about it or tell anyone where I want to shout it from the rooftops and could not understand where he was coming from...this has really helped.

    Good luck to everyone


  • I'm nearly there - almost 24 hours!!!

    I've had a couple of weak moments this evening, but I've held on because I know that the only reason I would smoke is because I can and I'm choosing not to. For the first time in god knows how long, I choose not to have a cigarette. This is so scarey for me - but I suspect that many of you guys know that.

    There's no fags in the house, but there is a 24 hour Asda 10 minutes walk away (and to my shame the guys in the tobacco kiosk know me, I wouldn't even have to ask for my 20 B&H)., but, for the moment, I'm not tempted to go there.

    Wish me well - I'm starting to hope that tomorrow I can go to the day 2 site. Thanks to everyone here (and Champix)

  • Man, I don't tell anybody anything. I do not like to eat my words. No words, no eating. I will keep your secret. You are not smoking. I don't know how many times I said to myself "I used to smoke, but I don't smoke anymore." Keep on walking the walk.

  • Hi Dave :D

    Well done you day one over and done for you I also used Champix without side effects

    Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new members

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the

    most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will

    regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other

    just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good

    days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the

    signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here

    are 2 I find very good to start you off and Read,

    read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked

    and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    This link is good for the psychological part of quitting

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever

    you like pretty much anything goes on here OK



  • Day 1

    Hi Dave and everyone,

    I too am on my first day, decided to go for it at 11pm last night, I had been leaving it to halloween but thought whats the point !! I am busting for a ciggie, would have normally smoked 4/5 by now but trying to be determined. My mate sallyshonstar gave up 6 months ago and she said this website helped her more than anything, so here I am.

    All the support I can get would be much appreciated as I have smoked for 40 years, and been diagnosed with bladder cancer so have to do this.


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